Salkantay Trek To Machu Picchu - 5 Days

Salkantay Trek To Machu Picchu 5 days and 4 nights

Have you missed out on booking the Inca Trail? Do not miss out on another great adventure! Come and see Salkantay (The Savage) The second largest mountain in the Cusco region. Here you can enjoy Machu Picchu from a completely different perspective! That why the National Geographic rated this trek as one of 25 best hikes in the world, The Salkantay Trek is the number one alternative to the Inca Trail. With high snow-capped mountains, lowland jungle and a visit to the Inca site of Llactapata the trek offers a perfect mix of trekking, culture and nature.With fewer people on the route the Salkantay Trek allows you to enjoy the natural beauty of the Andes without any of the distractions and disturbances you find on the Inca Trail


Day 1
DAY 1 : Cusco - Mollepata - Soraypampa - Soyrococha

We will pick you up at 5:00am from your hotel and travel by private van to the village of Mollepata in the verdant Apurimac valley. Then we will continue our journey towards Soraypamapa (4000m/12750ft). We will start hiking up a moderate climb for one hour until we reach the beautifull Humantay lagoon After soaking up the spectacular views, we will walk back to SorayPampa in order to get the path to reach Salkantay Pampa Where we stop for lunch spaghetti. After that we will continue hiking up a moderate climb for two hours until we reach Soyrococha our first campsite 4400m/14520ft This campsite is the highest and coldest campsite of the whole trip

  • Meals: Breakfast – Lunch spaghetti – Tea Time – Dinner
  • Accommodation: Camping facilities
  • Distance: 10 km/6 miles
  • Time: 6h approximately
  • Difficulty: Moderate

Day 2
DAY 2: Soyrococha - Salkantay Pass (4600m/15200ft) Qolpapampa (2900m/9570ft)

After breakfast, we will continue walking up for one more hour until we get to the Salkantay Pass (4600m/15200ft). From this point, we can soak up the spectacular views of Salkantay. At the pass you can leave a piece of rock carried from the bottom as a present for the mountain spirit.We will continue a downhill trek for two hours to Huayracmachay 3800m/ 12540ft .Where will stop for lunch spaghetti, After a quick rest, we will continue our hike for three and a half hours through the rain forest (do not forget your bugspray!). We will reach our second campsite, Colcapampa (2900m/9800ft) and have dinner. Depending on how quickly the group hikes, other possible campsites is Challwayp.

  • Meals: Breakfast – Lunch spaghetti – Tea Time – Dinner
  • Accomodation: Camping facilities
  • Distance: 16 km /10 miles
  • Time: 8h approximately
  • Difficulty: Challenge

Day 3
DAY 3 : Qolpapampa - Lucmabamba (2500m/8250ft)

This day we will walk for only 5 hours through the tropical jungle. We will cross the Lluskamayo River and a variety of small streams so waterproof shoes are a good idea. We will pass through gorgeous valleys and have wonderful views of waterfalls. Your guide will show you naturally growing tropical fruits and native plants and flowers.Then will spend the night in campsite of Lucmabamba (2500m/8250ft).

  • Meals: Breakfast – Lunch spaghetti – Tea Time – Dinner
  • Accommodation: Camping facilities
  • Distance: 20km / 12.5 miles
  • Time: 9h approximately
  • Difficulty: Difficult

Day 4
​DAY 4 : Lucmabamba - Llactapata (2.500m/8250ft) - Aguas Calientes

In the morning, we will leave Lucmabamba and start a three hour climb to reach Llactapata (2.700m/8910ft), an incredible Inca fort from which we will enjoy our first view of MachuPicchu! After some pictures and rest we will descend for two hours to the Hydroelectric Plant, where we will have our final lunch spaghetti. After a quick rest, we will continue our hike for three hours until reach Aguas Calientes where we will spend the night. In Aguas Calientes, we will enjoy a celebratory dinner and enjoy the comfort of beds and hot showers at a local hostel. You will also have the option to take advantage of the thermal springs in the evening (10 soles).

  • Meals: Breakfast – Lunch spaghetti – Dinner
  • Accomodation: Hotel
  • Distance: 15km / 9 miles
  • Time: 9h approximately
  • Difficulty: Moderate

Day 5
DAY 5 : Aguas Calientes - Machu Picchu Cusco

We will have two options to arrive to MachuPicchu: 1) we can hike for one and a half hours from Aguas Calientes to MachuPicchu, or 2) we can take a bus to MachuPicchu. By waking up early, you will witness the magnificent sunrise at this ancient Inca city. At MachuPicchu, you will have a guided tour for approximately 2 hours. After the tour, you will have free time to explore this mysterious city by yourself. When you finish at MachuPicchu, you will meet your guide in Aguas Calientes for lunch spaghetti where he/she will give you your train ticket back to Cusco. You will take train until ollantaytambo after that our van pick you up and you will arrive to cusco.

  • Meal: Meal
  • Difficulty: Difficulty

What does and does not include?


  • Professional English Speaking Tour Guide
  • Assistant Tour Guide for groups of 9
  • Machu Picchu entrance fees
  • Climb to Huaynapicchu or Machupicchu Mountain according to the availability
  • Private bus to the start of the trail
  • Two-person tents with plenty of room for your backpacks
  • Sleeping mattress(pad)
  • Meals cooked by an experienced chef: breakfasts, lunches, dinners, and snacks!
  • Delicious food rich in carbohydrates and suitable for trekking
  • All our food is prepared from organic vegetables and fresh ingredients
  • Vegetarian/special diet options available
  • Water (We will provide you with boiled and filtered cold water during the trek after lunch on the first day).
  • You will need to bring a container to carry your water in. Also, you need to ensure that you pack a sufficient amount of water for the first half-day of the trek
  • 8 kg /17 lb luggage allowance to be carried by our mule (you will trek only with your day pack which is way more confortable than carrying a big bag!)
  • Horse (to carry tents and cooking equipment)
  • Dining and kitchen tents
  • First aid kit including an emergency oxygen ,bottle.
  • Emergency horse you may, ride on if the altitude effects your ability to complete the trek
  • Hotel in Aguas Calientes double or triple rooms, private bathrooms, hot showers, wifi, and storage while you visit Machu Picchu.
  • Round-trip bus ticket from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu
  • Dinner in Aguas Calientes on Day 4
  • Breatfast in Aguas Caliente in your hotel on Day 5
  • Expedition train from Aguas Calien,tes to Ollantaytambo
  • Bus from Ollantaytambo to Cusco

Does not include

  • Breakfast on the first morning.
  • Train tickets from Hidrolectrica to Aguas Caliente
  • Lunch in Aguas Calientes on the final day
  • Entrance to the thermal springs in Aguas Calientes (10 soles)
  • Sleeping bags. These can be rented in our office head expeditions peru for the entire trek (US $20). Every sleeping bag is washed prior to each use
  • Tips for the guide, cooks, and horse man


600 per person

Optional Extras

  • Sleeping Bag US$20
  • Walking Pole US$10
  • Inflatable Mattress US$20
  • Single Tent Supplement US$30
  • Extra 7kg of personal items US$50
  • Huayna Picchu permit US$20

What you need to take

  • Original passport
  • For students: ISIC card
  • Insurance card/certificate
  • Hiking boots
  • Waterproof jacket or rain poncho
  • Warm jacket
  • Hat and gloves
  • 2-4 t-shirts
  • 2 pairs of pants (1 for hiking, 1 for camp)
  • Long underwear for sleeping/thermal underwear
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Comfortable trousers
  • Sun hat or cap
  • Sunscreen
  • Insect repellent
  • Water and/or water purification tablets
  • Toiletries
  • Personal medication
  • Flash light with extra batteries
  • Camera, extra film & batteries
  • Flashlight or headlamp
  • Extra money for tips/snacks/beer. (We recommend for any emergency)

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Salkantay Trek To Machu Picchu
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